8 days in Indiana Itinerary

8 days in Indiana Itinerary

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8 days in Indiana Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Fort Wayne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
South Bend
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Paoli
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Indianapolis
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Columbus

1
night
Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne ©
Fort Wayne is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stop by DeBrand Fine Chocolates and then get lost in a book at Allen County Public Library. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, examine the collection at Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Wayne tour planner .

Columbus to Fort Wayne is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. October in Fort Wayne sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to South Bend.

Things to do in Fort Wayne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Allen County Public Library ©
Allen County Public Library
Black Pine Animal Sanctuary ©
Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

2
nights
South Bend

South Bend ©
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, take in the architecture and design of University of Notre Dame, take in nature's colorful creations at Shiojiri Niwa, then examine the collection at RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Washington Park Zoo, take in the pleasant sights at The Riverwalk, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our South Bend trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Fort Wayne to South Bend takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Paoli.

Things to do in South Bend

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mishawaka, RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours, Washington Park Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes ©
Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

1
night
Paoli

Paoli ©
Paoli is a town in Paoli Township, Orange County, in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): Head underground at Marengo Cave, see the interesting displays at French Lick West Baden Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Virgil I. Gus Grissom Memorial Museum, and finally admire the majestic nature at Spring Mill State Park.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, use the Paoli day trip planner.

Getting from South Bend to Paoli by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In October, daily temperatures in Paoli can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Paoli

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mitchell, French Lick West Baden Museum, Marengo Cave
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Marengo Cave ©
Marengo Cave
French Lick West Baden Museum ©
French Lick West Baden Museum
Spring Mill State Park ©
Spring Mill State Park

3
nights
Indianapolis

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Columbus Architecture Tours and Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Explore Indianapolis' surroundings by going to Oliver Winery (in Bloomington), Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum (in Columbus) and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino (in Shelbyville). There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, stop by Rocket Fizz, examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at White River State Park.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Indianapolis day trip app .

You can drive from Paoli to Indianapolis in 2 hours. In October in Indianapolis, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums Fun & Games Tours

Side Trips

Columbus, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Oliver Winery
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site ©
White River State Park ©
White River State Park

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